North America

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North America Overview

In the aftermath of the Second World War, CWS sought to assist the most vulnerable by feeding hundreds of thousands in Europe and providing a new home in the United States for those driven from theirs overseas. Spread across the country, committed individuals engaged with communities and churches to help harvest grain so that Europe could fend off starvation. Their commitment laid the groundwork for an agency that today continues its mission to eradicate hunger and poverty and promote peace and justice from its base in North America and beyond.

In FY 2014 CWS continued its historic commitment to refugee assistance by providing a home for more than 7,500 refugees in the United States. With a network of 34 resettlement offices across the country, CWS served as a strategic partner with both the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement.

CWS continues its historic roots of addressing hunger and poverty in the U.S. through more than 1,300 CROP Hunger Walks. CWS sponsors these locally-organized fundraising events, where as much as 25 cents of every dollar raised supports a community food program. More than 116,000 people participated in CROP Hunger Walks across the U.S. last year. U.S.-based emergency response specialists help communities recover from, and prepare for, disasters. With an expertise in helping the most vulnerable to recover in the long-term, CWS works with government and voluntary agencies to ensure communities are prepared to address unmet needs following disaster.

CWS’s work around the world would not be complete without pushing for changes in policies affecting those we serve. CWS continues to advocate on behalf of the most vulnerable in Washington, D.C., for food assistance that is just, and for the needs of refugees and immigrants in relation to U.S. policy.